Achieving a high standard of on-site security is a major priority for commercial agencies and government departments alike across the UK. That is why such organisations are likely to appreciate the opportunity to take advantage of employee training solutions that have been designed with their exact requirements in mind.
As the organisation with the responsibility of regulating the private security industry, the Security Industry Authority – or SIA – enjoys an impeccable industry reputation. As an independent body that reports to the Home Secretary, the SIA specialises in the compulsory licensing of individuals that need to undertake certain designated security activities. This process ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons, having received the right training and subsequent qualifications to correctly carry out their work.
An individual can determine whether or not they will need a license for their given role and the tasks that are to be undertaken, simply by visiting the SIA’s website at http://sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. Nonetheless, there are various organisations that offer SIA courses relating to different areas of the private security industry, and which result in an appropriate qualification.
The full range of SIA training opportunities include the BTEC Level 2 Award in Security Guarding (Static and Patrol), which lasts for three days and consists of units relating to working in the private security industry, working as a security officer and conflict management in the private security industry. Successfully passing and completing all units allows delegates to apply for an SIA licence.
Other available SIA training opportunities include the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, this course prepares present or prospective door supervisors for the reality of the job, making use of real life scenarios. That leaves such popular SIA courses as those covering the areas of CCTV (Public Space Surveillance), Physical Intervention and Close Protection, each of which help to perfectly equip security professionals for a wide range of professional activities.